First time stroke survivors' perceptions of their health status and their goals for recovery

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dc.contributor.author Hartigan, Irene
dc.contributor.author O'Connell, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Geraldine
dc.contributor.author O'Mahony, Denis
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-10T12:03:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-10T12:03:03Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-28
dc.identifier.citation Hartigan, I., O'Connell, E., McCarthy, G. and O'Mahony, D. (2011) 'First time stroke survivors' perceptions of their health status and their goals for recovery'. International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 3 (2):22-29. en
dc.identifier.volume 3 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 22 en
dc.identifier.endpage 29 en
dc.identifier.issn 2141-2456
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3869
dc.description.abstract Stroke is an intensely individual, complex and life changing experience. Stroke recovery has many dimensions, and perceptions of health status are thought to affect recovery. The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe patients' perceptions of their health status and their goals for recovery from early post stroke. Following ethical approval, semi structured interviews were conducted with patients (n=10) diagnosed with a first incident of stroke. Time following stroke onset ranged from 4 to 7 days. Gender difference was equal, and mean age of participants was 77 years. Participants considered themselves to be active and in excellent health prior to the stroke onset. All participants perceived that their health had declined since the stroke onset, but they were hopeful for the future. Two distinct themes emerged; "sudden fear and helplessness" and "regaining control in life". Participants reported wanting to quickly return to doing everyday things and identified individual goals for recovery. The patients' experience should be considered early post stroke to provide a complete picture of their role in recovery. Participants believed that the greatest challenge would be testing themselves at home. This study reinforces the importance of engaging with patients early post stroke so that recovery goals are identified that help restore meaning through the re-establishment of previous activities. Patient goals for recovery need to be discussed and devised in conjunction with health care professionals. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Heart Foundation (Noel Hickey Research Bursary) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Academic Journals en
dc.relation.uri http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/IJNM/article-abstract/6CC9C59887
dc.rights © 2011 Authors retain the copyright of this article. This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.en_US en
dc.subject Stroke en
dc.subject Health status en
dc.subject Goals en
dc.subject Recovery en
dc.title First time stroke survivors' perceptions of their health status and their goals for recovery en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Denis O'Mahony, Medicine Department, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: denis.omahony@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2017-04-10T11:56:24Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
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dc.contributor.funder Irish Heart Foundation en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress denis.omahony@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 6CC9C59887


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